Friday, March 17, 2017

#FrenchFriday: making every day a spa day with Cinq Mondes Five Flowers Micellar Water


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Cinq Mondes is one of these niche, luxury French skincare brands that deserves to be discovered by more beauty lovers in the US. With a focus on spa products, exotic rituals and aromatherapy, everything they create smells and feels amazing, taking you to a happy place with every use. I told you about their shower oil recently in my post about keeping dry skin healthy through the winter, and today I want to show you their lovely micellar water.

We've talked about micellar waters a bunch of times before, but in case you missed the memo, they're a one-step, no-rinse makeup remover, cleanser and toner that saves a lot of time and avoids the use of water, which can be very drying.

Cinq Mondes' Five Flowers Micellar Water is inspired by Bali's traditional beauty rituals and contains extracts of five exotic flowers: ylang-ylang, gardenia, frangipani, lotus and hibiscus. It is certified organic, here is the full ingredients list: Aqua (Water), Citrus Limonum Fruit Water, Glycerin, Caprylyl/ Capryl Glucoside, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Cananga Odorata Flower Water, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Xylitylglucosides, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate, Cinq Mondes's Own Aromatic Composition, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol.

As with all Cinq Mondes products, it is rather strongly scented: the brand believes in aromatherapy and develops fragrances that have a positive effect on mood, promoting well-being. I'm totally on board with that, as I do notice that being surrounded by nice scents makes me feel happier, but if you only want to use fragrance-free products, the entire brand is obviously not for you. I never experienced any irritation while using the Five Flowers Micellar Water on my skin and super sensitive eyes (I can't say the same about Ren's micellar water which was a true nightmare...).

The Five Flower Micellar Water has a botanical scent that is dominated by petitgrain, an essential oil extracted from the leaves of the bitter orange tree. It's a bit bitter, a bit citrusy, green and herbal. It's the kind of scent that immediately boosts my energy level, sharp but not agressive with its fruity notes, avoiding excessive sweetness with the green and bitter notes.


Cinq Mondes Five Flowers Micellar Water,
next to the brand's shower oil


This product does a good job at removing face makeup and mascara, but I really prefer to use a bi-phase makeup remover for the eyes. It's just quicker, requiring less cotton pads and rubbing - that is true of all the micellar waters I've tried, including the cult Bioderma (the best at removing eye makeup efficiently is actually Lierac's).

In fact, as I've mentioned in the past, my favorite way to use micellar waters is as morning cleansers, to remove the sweat and oils accumulated during the night and refresh my face. Cinq Mondes' Five Flower Micellar Water works perfectly for this purpose, and the botanical scent is a great way to wake up my senses and start the day on a positive note.


Overall

The Five Flower Micellar Water by Cinq Mondes is a great option if you want to indulge in a luxurious, organic spa product that will make your beauty routine more pleasurable with its lovely botanical scent.


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